The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo

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Heart wrenching romance novels have not been my genre of choice in years. When Reese Witherspoon chose The Light We Lost as her February Book Club pick, I decided to give Lucy and Gabe’s story a chance. Their thirteen year on-again off-again love story ripped my heart out. And then my heart was run over by a truck. The emotions stirred up were almost too much to handle, but I couldn’t stop reading.

Our main characters met on September 11, 2001 at Columbia University as college seniors. They were immediately drawn together, as many people were that day. Lucy and Gabe both felt a connection that was inexplicable. However, Gabe had other obligations that separated the two before any real relationship could be established. But before going their separate ways, Lucy and Gabe both decided that they wanted to spend their lives making a difference.

The two meet again a year later and begin a life-changing romance. However, Gabe is faced with an opportunity to follow his dreams and become a photojournalist assigned to the Middle East. He leaves Lucy behind, breaking her heart and setting her on a path to another. The Light We Lost is not a perfect love story. Truthfully, it’s flawed and tragic. You’ll find yourself smiling, laughing, crying and likely angry a time or two, but you won’t regret taking time to read it.

~ Leslie M.